In a survey of advisors on the topic of retirement income, GDC Research and Practical Perspectives found the firm that certain "contradictions" are making it hard for firms to take advantage of the seemingly vast Boomer retirement opportunity.
'While mimicking the high payouts of an actuarially fair variable life annuity, TSAs would cost significantly less than commercial life annuities,' write Forman and Fullmer.
'We have all these insurance agents selling billions of dollars of fixed indexed annuities. But they have few clues about how the crediting rates have performed,'' says Kent Jacquay. With his Indexalyzer software, he proposes a solution.
Achaean Financial and Ash Brokerage, a large Fort Wayne, Ind., BGA, are partnering on a potential retirement game-changer: Achaean's immediate indexed income annuity, couched in Ash's JourneyGuide planning software. The underwriter has yet to be named.
The ratings agency that downgraded the federal government's debt in 2011 now finds itself accused of fraud by that same government's attorney general. The credibility of life insurer strength ratings is just one of the issues at stake.
New Jersey advisor Mark Cortazzo has started a new service, Annuity Review, to make sure individuals and their advisors understand the value hidden in the variable annuities they already own.
The new offerings include investment options from Dimensional Fund Advisors, JP Morgan and other firms, as well as new underlying funds from Guggenheim Investments.
The amount represents “net gains pocketed by the company due to how certain transaction processing errors were handled between 2008 and 2011," the DoL said.
“The Federal Reserve is creating about $4 billion in new money every business day, and even a few Fed officials are concerned that this money printing is blowing up asset bubbles,” said David Santschi, TrimTabs' CEO.
Brief or late-breaking items from Putnam Investments, Pershing LLC, DST Systems, Inc., Vanguard, Groom Law Group and LIMRA.
As he got older, my father never wanted to share his financial secrets with me, my brother or my sister. When he died a few weeks ago, we got our first peek into the filing cabinet that contained his will and other paperwork.